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2008 Hurricane Seasons Begin in Eastern Pacific and Atlantic: Image of the Day


Published 2008


  • eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/alma_tmo_2008150_lrg.jpg Tropical Storm Alma (29 May; 4.9 MB JPEG)
  • eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/arthur_tmo_2008152_lrg.jpg Tropical Storm Arthur (31 May; 3.9 MB JPEG)
Both the eastern Pacific and Atlantic hurricane seasons of 2008 were inaugurated within a few days of each other in late May and the first days of June. That these two ''season openers'' occurred in the same week wasn't simply a coincidence: they were related. On May 29, thunderstorms over the Pacific Ocean about 250 miles southwest of Nicaragua became Tropical Storm Alma: the first named storm of the 2008 eastern Pacific season. Alma moved north and made landfall on the coast of Nicaragua. As it crossed Central America, the storm fell apart as a circulating system, but the remaining moisture and energy emerged over the Gulf of Honduras to the north. There, on May 30, those remnants spun up into Tropical Storm Arthur: the first named storm of the Atlantic season.

On Thursday, May 29, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite observed Tropical Storm Alma as it was making landfall in Nicaragua. The familiar shape of a hurricane -- a pinwheel of clouds spinning around an obvious eye -- is hard to make out in the image. The center of circulation was just offshore, south of the city of León. The remains of the storm headed north, and by May 31, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite collected the bottom image, they were helping to fuel Tropical Storm Arthur. The image shows the storm making landfall at Belize.

According to www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2008/tws/MIATWSEP_may.shtml? the National Hurricane Center, Alma was the first tropical storm ever to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, and it was the first Pacific tropical storm to strike anywhere on the coast of Central America since 1949.

You can download a eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/arthur_tmo_2008152.kmz 250-meter-resolution KMZ file of the storms suitable for use with earth.google.com/ Google Earth.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained from the ladsweb.nascom.nasa.gov/ Goddard Land Processes data archives (LAADS). Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.



Identifier arthur_tmo_2008152
Filename arthur_tmo_2008152.jpg
Creator NASA -- NASA Image Of The Day
Date 2008
Mediatype image
Rights Public Domain
Source http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8803
Year 2008
Publicdate 2011-08-02 12:09:27
Addeddate 2011-08-02 12:09:27
Language English

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